Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Let's work together
Congratulations to newly elected Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski and to Murkowski supporters.

Excellent coverage
I am writing to thank and congratulate the Empire's staff on the excellent job it did during the runup to the present elections.

If anyone is keeping track
I really enjoyed Dean Nordenson's My Turn in Sunday's paper. I too have been wondering about the choices being made for DOT's road maintenance cutbacks. Specifically I was wondering why they had a guy spend the entire month of September playing around with his side-of-the-road weed-cutting machine on North Douglas Highway.

Bull riding in Alaska
I am disappointed that our esteemed publisher, Don Smith, insists on taking such a simplistic view of politics and economics. For two Sundays in a row he irresponsibly blames our economic stagnation on the Knowles-Ulmer Administration. The governor could only propose a budget with economic policies, the Legislature then slashed the budget to fit their partisan views and the final gut-cutting product reared its ugly head every May.

On a new quest
I would like to thank my family, friends and the 1,251 Alaskans who voted for me for governor. In seven short weeks of campaigning at a cost under $400, I received more votes than the other candidates per dollars spent. This is fiscal restraint.

Responsible reporting
Re your peace march article (Empire, Oct. 27), thank you! Thank you! It seems that your paper has the integrity and shows the responsible reporting that is so very sadly missing in the Anchorage News/Times.

Weyhrauch to fill Rep. Hudson's seat
In the race to replace House District 4 Rep. Bill Hudson, Republican candidate Bruce Weyhrauch defeated Democrat Tim Grussendorf by almost 10 percentage points in Tuesday's general election. Incumbent Democratic lawmakers Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Beth Kerttula maintained their seats in the Legislature. Elton will serve his second term in the Senate and Kerttula her third term in the House.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

New member appointed to School Board
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday appointed former board member Paul Gulyas to fill the vacancy created by Stan Ridgeway's election to the Juneau Assembly. The board advertised the opening after Ridgeway's victory in the Oct. 1 election. Gulyas, former School Board member Sunny Israelson, Steve Kikendall and Julie Morris sent in letters of interest.

Voters OK bonds funding new Juneau school
A bond package that will help fund a high school planned for the Mendenhall Valley was approved by Alaska voters Tuesday. The measure also will provide money for a University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries center at Juneau's Lena Point and University of Alaska Southeast classrooms in Sitka and Ketchikan.

Voters flood the polls in Juneau
Voter turnout for today's election has been higher than any in recent memory, according to some local election officials. "We did 100 voters in less than 50 minutes this morning; we didn't know we could work that fast," said Stuart Sliter, an election official at the Douglas Library polling station.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Orcas in the channel
Three members of a pod of four orcas cruise through Gastineau Channel on Monday afternoon. The whales swam into the channel as far as DIPAC hatchery.

11 local roads won't see state snowplows
Some Juneau residents who live on rural roads are bracing for state cuts to snowplowing and sanding this winter.As part of statewide budget cuts, the state posted "no maintenance" signs last month in Juneau. The change will affect 11 roads, some of which are school bus routes.

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, Monday's Empire article about the Game Board misstated the days it will deliberate on proposals. The board is scheduled to meet through Thursday. Call 465-8901 for recorded information on the schedule.

Photo: Ready to play
Kyle Hebert helps his son try on hockey gear after they signed up for recreational hockey at Centennial Hall on Monday evening. Hockey leagues and other ice skating groups are gearing up for the new ice arena at Savikko Park.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Local children wanted Ulmer as governor
If Juneau's children ran the state, Fran Ulmer would be governor. About 1,600 children voted in the Juneau Kids Voting project, in which kids go to mock polls with their parents on Election Day.

Game Board protects wolves on Douglas
The state Board of Game decided Tuesday to protect wolves on Douglas Island from hunters and trappers. But the board, in the 6-0 vote, said some of the island's wolves could be hunted or trapped if their population reaches at least seven, or if hunters' harvest of deer falls off drastically when wolves are on the island.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Bonds for harbors and roads win OK
A bond package approved by voters Tuesday will help fix harbors in Juneau and elsewhere in Southeast Alaska. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 68 percent of voters approved the $226.7 million transportation bond package, with 32 percent opposed.

From J-Bird to Jive Turkey
"Jive Turkey" is not merely the 1970s word for "poser." Rather, the retro term and accompanying turkey logo have come to symbolize free speech, student independence and adolescent rebellion for a hundred or so students at Juneau-Douglas High School. Jive Turkey is the underground, online student newspaper at JDHS. The name is a pun on the school newspaper The J-Bird, Jive Turkey's more pedestrian, administration-sanctioned cousin. The first issue of Jive Turkey was posted in early September at www.jive-turkey.com. Two months later, the paper has a hundred registered contributors and gets between 200 and 300 hits a day.

Gifford, Bradshaw to wed
Shannon Katherine Gifford and Donald Allan Bradshaw will marry March 16, 2003, in Glen Burnie, Md.

HoopTime Basketball seeks board members
HoopTime Basketball, an AAU boy and girls youth basketball league, is recruiting people to serve on the board of directors. Seats are open for two-year terms.

The tales trees can tell us
Drifting off the limbs and branches, this season's leaves drop and reveal several layers. The most obvious is at the landscape level, where vistas we haven't seen since May are visible again. Drive out towards Tee Harbor and see the other shore, look out at the Shrine of St. Thereseor even down at the beach at Auke Rec. The curtains have been drawn back again and the next act is opening.

Photo: Making a difference
Photo Juneau girl scouts Molly Nelson, left, and Bekah Peterson load the donated blankets and warm clothes they collected from Juneau residents. They went door to door collecting the items as a project on "Make a difference day."

Alaska awarded planning grant for child mental health
The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services Section of Maternal, Child and Family Health has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for planning appropriate mental health services for Alaska's children up to six years of age.

Pets of the week
Jasmine is a medium-size terrier-lab mix. Friendly, fluffy Winston would be a great family cat.

Thank you
...for your committment.

Parent information sessions set
Juneau Montessori School presents "In Support of the Child," a four-week series of parent information discussions led by Sharlyn Berning. She is a Juneau Montessori toddler community teacher.

Photo: Naming ceremony
Participants gather by the new sign during a naming ceremony of Manila Square next to the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday. The area south of the saloon to the roundabout was renamed Manila Square in honor of the contributions of the Filipino Community of Juneau.

JDHS sets college fair on Thursday
The Juneau-Douglas High School College Fair will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, during school and during a 5 to 6:30 p.m. session at the JDHS gym.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: Alaska has an opportunity for health
Thank you Juneau Empire for your article on Oct. 13, about the Juneau school lunch program, which brought to light some very tough and troubling issues regarding the nutritional health of our community's teens.Changing the school menu alone will not solve the problems of childhood obesity and poor eating choices. It will take the entire community working together to help children create a healthy lifestyle.

My Turn: Vision, access, energy: keys to Alaska's future
When Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated the purchase of Russian America and a draft Treaty of Cession of Russian America to the United States was signed March 30, 1867, there was substantial opposition to the purchase of Alaska in Congress and the media. Ernest Gruening's "The State of Alaska" is worth reading again to realize how important vision was to the purchase and development of Alaska.

Empire editorial: Juneau dodges capital move, confirms leaders new and old
Congratulations to the winners in yesterday's election. Beth Kerttula, Bruce Weyhrauch, Kim Elton and Frank Murkowski won their respective races fair and square. Fran Ulmer, as predicted, won in Juneau and can take pride in the valiant fight she conducted in her quest for the governor's office.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Detjen takes the lead
During the middle of the first half of St. Olaf College's women's soccer game against Augsburg College last Wednesday in Northfield, Minn., Juneau's Carolyn Detjen swooped in from her position at left forward and knocked in the rebound of a St. Olaf shot that hit the goalpost.

Cavaliers send Lakers to record depths in blowout victory
CLEVELAND - Darius Miles couldn't help himself. Caught up in the euphoria of a home-opening win over the Lakers, one of the newest Cavaliers spoke his mind. "We're going to put on a show every night," Miles told the Gund Arena crowd. "We're going to surprise the world." Well, they've already stunned the Lakers.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Young, Stevens easily win re-election to Congress
ANCHORAGE - Two members of Alaska's Republican congressional delegation coasted to re-election victories Tuesday, easily besting a crowded field of lesser-known and underfunded challengers. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who has built a reputation of securing millions in federal funds for Alaska, took 78 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Murkowski beats Ulmer 3-2
ANCHORAGE - Republican Frank Murkowski, who has been Alaska's junior senator for 22 years, rolled to victory Tuesday to become Alaska's next governor. In what some expected to be a close race, the former Fairbanks banker beat Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer of Juneau by a 56-41 percentage margin.

Session move initiative dies
With Juneau voters leading the way, Alaskans statewide rejected by a 2-1 margin a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have moved legislative sessions from the capital city to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Just over 67 percent of the state's voters chose "no" on Ballot Measure 2 in the general election. In Juneau, the total was 96 percent against the move.

Vote OK bonds
ANCHORAGE - The last oil stored at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminus in Valdez has been loaded and no more crude will be shipped south until the pipeline is repaired and restarted. As of midday today, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hadn't decided when the pipeline could resume operations. Spokesman Mike Heatwole said the company is reviewing 160 key components of 211 miles of pipe closest to a major earthquake that hit Interior Alaska on Sunday.

Voters OK initiative for natural gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would open avenues for a state-owned natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, the measure was winning by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.

Man charged with pipeline shooting faces 10 years
ANCHORAGE - The man charged with shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline last year, causing a 285,000-gallon oil spill, faces 10 years in prison for a weapons violation. A sentencing hearing was held Monday in Fairbanks for Daniel Lewis, who was convicted of a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the hearing, federal Judge John Sedwick said he is convinced Lewis shot the pipeline. Lewis was in possession of the weapon the same day the pipeline was shot.

Kenai couple charged with cruelty to dogs, cats
SHELBY, Mont. - A man and woman from Kenai were charged with animal cruelty after U.S. border authorities seized their truckload of malnourished dogs and sick cats at the Port of Sweet Grass near here. More than 170 dogs, most of them collies, and 10 sick cats were being housed at the Shelby fairgrounds and tended by volunteers.

Native groups launch marrow drive
KENAI - Several Kenai Peninsula organizations are addressing a serious shortage of Alaska Native and American Indian bone marrow donations. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start, Salamatof Native Association and the Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center are teaming up to host a minority bone marrow testing and blood drive next week.

Statewide turnout less than 50 percent
JUNEAU - Turnout in Tuesday's statewide election was 43.4 percent. In Juneau, turnout was about 52 percent.

State Briefs
Zoning change to allow bear sanctuary; Chairman of Ahtna Inc. resigns; Fisherman goes overboard in Bering Sea; Police identify victim in fire

GOP wins 27 of 40 state House seats
ANCHORAGE - Buoyed by the defeat of a Fairbanks incumbent and a strong showing in Alaska's largest city, Republicans won 27 seats in the state House of Representatives and easily kept control of the 40-member body. The only incumbent to lose was Fairbanks Democrat Joe Hayes, who is completing his first term. He was defeated by businessman Jim Holm, the son of a former legislator and a Republican National Committee member.

Alaska boy's 4-H project goes global
KENAI - Eleven-year-old Walker Boyle is working to help one big problem in a place far away - and so far people have been more than willing to help. His 4-H project goal is to collect 400 children's books to send to elementary school students in Madina Village, Papua New Guinea.

Photo: Eye on the elections
Natalie Hebden-Taylor, a journalism student at the University of Alaska Southeast, keeps in touch as she watches election results Tuesday night at Centennial Hall's Election Central. michael penn / the juneau empire

Vote totals on various races
U.S. Senator

State Briefs
3 indicted on kidnapping charge; Homer City Manager Drathman resigns; National Guardsmen rescued by Coast Guard

Ballots flown to pipeline crew
FAIRBANKS - Crews working to get the earthquake-idled trans-Alaska oil pipeline running again got to cast their ballots Tuesday, thanks to some extra work by elections officials. Tom Godkin, the state Division of Elections acting election supervisor for Region 3, was at work until 3 a.m. Tuesday packaging 150 absentee ballots.

Two powerful Republicans lose, but GOP retains Senate control
ANCHORAGE - Republicans held on to a majority in the state Senate on Tuesday as two familiar GOP faces and one veteran Democratic lawmaker were sent packing. Anchorage Sen. Dave Donley, co-chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, was upset by Democrat Hollis French. Nikiski Sen. Jerry Ward was defeated by Republican Moderate Tom Wagoner, the small party's first election victory.

Alaska pipeline expected to restart this morning
ANCHORAGE - The slow process of restarting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline began this morning, according to pipeline officials. The line that carries about a sixth of the nation's oil production was shut down Sunday in the wake of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that moved the line up to seven feet in places, but did not cause any leaks. Tanker loading at Valdez could resume as early as Thursday.

Veterans mortgage bonds OK'd
JUNEAU - Alaska voters on Tuesday approved a bond measure that would give veterans lower interest rates when they buy homes.

Murkowski maintains healthy lead over Ulmer in race for governor
ANCHORAGE - The last oil stored at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminus in Valdez has been loaded and no more crude will be shipped south until the pipeline is repaired and restarted. As of midday today, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hadn't decided when the pipeline could resume operations. Spokesman Mike Heatwole said the company is reviewing 160 key components of 211 miles of pipe closest to a major earthquake that hit Interior Alaska on Sunday.

Quake damage keeps Alaska pipeline closed
ANCHORAGE - The last oil stored at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminus in Valdez has been loaded and no more crude will be shipped south until the pipeline is repaired and restarted. As of midday today, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. hadn't decided when the pipeline could resume operations. Spokesman Mike Heatwole said the company is reviewing 160 key components of 211 miles of pipe closest to a major earthquake that hit Interior Alaska on Sunday.

Alaska voters retain all judges
JUNEAU - Voters statewide returned 16 judges to the bench by a 2-1 to 3-1 margin. Alaska judges are appointed by the governor, but retained in periodic elections.

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